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Donoghue, Winter make GG list

Like Annabel Lyon last year, Kathleen Winter has become the only author to achieve the 2010 awards trifecta, with nods for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and now the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The only other repeat nominee on the list is Emma Donoghue, who received a Writers’ Trust nod. Meanwhile, the nominees for the GG Literary Award for Non-fiction are notably less than fresh, all of them having been released in 2009. Here are the English-language shortlists, which were announced at Ben McNally Books in Toronto this morning:


  • Sandra Birdsell, Waiting for Joe (Random House Canada)
  • Emma Donoghue, Room (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Drew Hayden Taylor, Motorcycles & Sweetgrass (Knopf Canada)
  • Dianne Warren, Cool Water (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Kathleen Winter, Annabel (House of Anansi Press)


  • Elizabeth Abbott, A History of Marriage (Penguin Canada)
  • Ian Brown, The Boy in the Moon (Random House Canada)
  • Allan Casey, Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada (Greystone Books)
  • Karen Connelly, Burmese Lessons: A Love Story (Random House Canada)
  • John English,  Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-2000 (Knopf Canada)


  • Richard Greene, Boxing the Compass (Véhicule Press)
  • Michael Harris, Circus (Véhicule Press)
  • Daryl Hine, &: A Serial Poem (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Sandy Pool, Exploding into Night (Guernica Editions)
  • Melanie Siebert, Deepwater Vee (McClelland & Stewart)

For the rest of the shortlists, please go to the GG website.